Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

Tea Party dance

The Karl Henning Ensemble will perform at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The ensemble will perform the “Boston Harbor Heave-Ho” (The Tea Party Dance.)

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.

Visit or call 617-227-2155 for further information.

Italian film series

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen a series of films in honor of Italian Heritage Month from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during October.

The films will include “Caro Diario” on Oct. 17, “I Am Love” on Oct. 24 and “Bellissima” on Oct. 31.

For more information, call 617-523-3957

Pumpkin float

The community is invited to the fifth annual pumpkin float from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 on Boston Common.

Festivities will include scary stories, a haunted fun house maze, decorating Halloween luminaria bags, bouncy castle, a photo booth, entertainment with Jim the “Bubble Man” and more. There will be treats to eat and fun with Science on the Streets and the Mass. Audubon Society.

Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and join the Spooky Parade. They can also bring an 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkin to float and help set the Frog Pond alight. Pumpkins will later be collected and composted by The Trustees of Reservations.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-635-4505.

Gala fundraiser

Hill House will host the “Havana Nights” annual fall fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at the City Winery, 80 Beverly St.

This adults-only evening will feature a night of friendly competition with games of craps, roulette, blackjack and poker, with great prizes. Attendees will dine on delicious Latin cuisine, sip tropical drinks and dance the night away to live Cuban music.

Proceeds will support the House’s athletic and other programs and provide opportunities for children from all parts of Boston to take part in programs and camps.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 617-227-5838.

Abiel Smith House

The National Park Service and the Museum of African American History will host a program for families on the archaeology of the Abiel Smith House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Boston African Meeting House, 8 Smith Court.

Families can explore the archeology of the Abiel Smith House that opened in 1835 and educated the city’s African American children until 1855. They can learn about the artifacts found at the site and do activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge.

This free program is part of the Massachusetts Archaeology Month programming.

For more information, visit

Tours of historic homes

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston will present its fall 2018 tour series, “Picture of Health: Untold Medical Histories in Boston’s House Museums,” with 30-minute tours of participating properties from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The museums will draw on their stories and collections to illuminate stories of Boston’s medical past over three centuries.

The Beacon Hill homes will include the Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St., the William Hickling Prescott House, 55 Beacon St., and the Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St. The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., Back Bay, and the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, are taking part in this event as well.

Full day tickets (four tours, 25-30 minutes each) are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Half-day tickets (two tours, 25-30 minutes each) are $12 members and $15 non-members. Member rates apply to those with current memberships to any of the participating institutions.

Call 617-227-6993 or visit for more details.

African American archaeology

A free program on African American archeology on Beacon Hill will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Boston African Meeting House, 8 Smith Court.

National Park Service archaeologists and curators will present original research on artifacts related to the Abiel Smith House that educated African American children in the 19th century. These artifacts shed light on a population often left out of the written record.

Visit for more details.

Nichols House collections

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., is displaying “Their Objects, Their Stories: The Nichols Women as Collectors, 1870-1960” now through Oct. 13. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The museum explores two generations of art collecting and the treasured objects that tell stories that are at once both familiar and unique. Mother and daughter Elizabeth and Rose Nichols are celebrated for their autonomy and individualism in what they chose to collect and their collections were in step with the aspirations of the Gilded Age and the women’s rights movements of the early 20th century.

The collections spans nearly 400 years of art across three continents and include a 16th century Flemish tapestry and 20th century bronze works by sculptor Paul Manship.

Visit www.nicholshousemuseum or call 617-227-6993 for further information.

Photographs of the West End

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord.”

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 617-416-0781 or go online to

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For more details, call 617-523-3957.

Picturing Douglass

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at